The Hellfire Club
Ann and Jerry Moss Theatre
New Roads School
Herb Alpert Educational Village
3131 Olympic Blvd.,
Santa Monica, CA
$45 Reserved Section Seat + Book
$20 General Admission Seat
$30 Reserved Section Seat
CNN anchor and Chief Washington Correspondent Jake Tapper joined the network in January 2013. The Lead with Jake Tapper, his one-hour weekday program, debuted in March 2013. Tapper was named host of the network’s Sunday morning show, State of the Union, in June 2015. Tapper has been a widely respected reporter in the nation’s capital for more than 14 years. His most recent book, The Outpost: An Untold Story of American Valor, was a New York Times bestseller.
“A fast-paced, thrilling story of corruption and intrigue in Washington, DC, Jake Tapper’s The Hellfire Club is terrific: provocative and timely.”—Harlan Coben “A fun, fast, gripping thriller full of real-life dirty dealmakers and legendary political power-brokers. No one knows the ins and outs of Washington politics like Jake Tapper.”—Anderson Cooper, CNN anchor
“Leave it to Tapper to find the truth in fiction. This great buzzsaw of a mystery is packed with indecent politicians and secret societies—making the 1950s setting just as relevant today. The scariest part of The Hellfire Club is that it proves Washington—and America—is forever mourning for the past.”—Brad Meltzer, author of The Escape Artist
“From the moment you enter The Hellfire Club’s world of suspense and intrigue and sex and danger, you won’t want to leave. The swampy world of 1954 Washington, DC, feels vividly relevant in our current-day politics. A must-read!”—Shonda Rhimes
Arriving at a time when capital intrigue is at unprecedented levels, The Hellfire Club is a compulsively readable novel by one of Washington, D.C.’s most insightful and knowledgeable observers. Figures such as Senator John F. Kennedy, Senator Joseph McCarthy, Vice President Richard Nixon, and President Eisenhower appear as key characters in this taut narrative, steeped in history and full of suspense at every turn. Tapper’s protagonists, Charlie and Margaret Marder, aren’t your typical Washington couple. She’s an ambitious zoologist; he’s a decorated World War II veteran and academic from Manhattan, now a congressman. Thrust into the complex swirl of DC politics, Charlie is written off by his colleagues as naive and uninformed. Through a haze of cigarette smoke and ice-cold martinis, he struggles to find his footing in a world where deals are made not just on Capitol Hill but at glamorous Georgetown townhomes, in secret society meetings, and via murky backroom negotiations. When a mysterious fatal car accident finds the reluctant congressman at the center of a conspiracy theory that reaches the highest offices of the government, Charlie will have to fight to save not only his marriage, his principles, and his newfound career but also his life.